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Church sends funds to Haiti

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Art Smith (right), the Haiti project coordinator at Church of the Visitation in Topping, accepts a check for $2,604 from church administrator Ray Kostesky. The funds will be used toward relief efforts in Haiti.
by Tom Chillemi

Last Sunday Church of the Visitation called for a special collection to help with Haiti earthquake relief. A total of $2,604 was collected on January 17.

“Once again the parishioners have shown how compassionate and caring they are for the needy,” said Church of the Visitation (COV) administrator Ray Kostesky.

For more than 10 years COV has been sponsoring St. Michael’s Church in Haiti, said project director Art Smith. That region was spared the earthquake’s devastation and they immediately sent a medical team and supplies to Port-Au- Prince and this team remains at the site, said Smith.

The COV project has raised over $24,800 in the last three years to assist the church in Haiti. The funds provided food for children, water systems to deliver fresh water from the mountains, and a bakery. “These are worthwhile projects that have helped the people of Haiti who had no where else to turn,” said Smith.

Following the earthquake, there is very urgent need for food, water, blankets and medicine, he said, and the money will be sent this week.

Church member Carole McPherson pointed out that unlike some relief efforts, there is absolutely no overhead expenses with COV’s relief effort. Those who wish to donate may call the church at 758-5160 for more information.

posted 01.20.2010

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